Case Studies

Alison takes her learning forward with help from RAP

15 October 2013 South West

Alison Harmer works at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) in Trelisk as the Outpatient Data Quality and Overseas Visitor Officer. Alison has negative experiences of the education system and left school at 16 with 3 “O” levels to become a filing clerk at a wholesale company. However following a personal development review she contacted the Trusts Training Manager, Helen Lynch, to find out what learning opportunities might be available. Helen mentioned the Raising Aspirations Project and things spiralled.

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Unionlearn helps Lisa fit in higher learning around work and care

15 October 2013 South West

Lisa Marie Allen is an Assistant Technical Officer working at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) in the Sterile Services department. Lisa has cared for her terminally ill mother since she was 18, resulting in her not being able to attend college in the past. However after reading a leaflet about unionlearn’s Raising Aspirations Project she felt inspired to try out Higher Education.

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Higher Level Skills in Cumbria

25 September 2012 Northern

Over the last few years, and as the union learning movement has matured, so have the learners and whilst there is still a huge appetite for informal learning and skills for life, there has become a noticeable increase in demand for a complete learning journey– which means increased access to higher skills. So, in true learner demand-led union learning style, this has been something unionlearn and other organisations have responded proactively to and are delivering on for learners and employers in workplaces.

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ULRs making the grade – and the qualifications

25 September 2012 Northern

Through their Higher Level Skills project unionlearn in the region negotiated with local providers to offer discounted higher level qualifications which workplace meant workplace projects could then offer them to those learners wanting to progress.

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Higher Level Skills in Cumbria

28 August 2012 Northern

Over the last few years, and as the union learning movement has matured, so have the learners and whilst there is still a huge appetite for informal learning and skills for life, there has become a noticeable increase in demand for a complete learning journey– which means increased access to higher skills. So, in true learner demand-led union learning style, this has been something unionlearn and other organisations have responded proactively to and are delivering on for learners and employers in workplaces.

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Higher Level Skills at Liebherr Cranes

22 May 2012 Northern

Liebherr Cranes in Sunderland is part of Liebherr Marine, an international company with a worldwide workforce of 30,000. The Sunderland operation specialises in the production of ship and maritime offshore cranes and so has to face all of the issues of the manufacturing and heavy engineering sectors in the region, especially in the current economic climate. However, working with the two jointly recognised unions, Unite and GMB, Liebherr are making huge in-roads into becoming an exemplar workplace in terms of its staff and business commitments.

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ULR Waseem Tahir excels as a mature student!

22 May 2012 North West

Waseem Tahir started his career as a cinema projectionist and worked in the cinema trade for six years before he was made redundant. He used this as an opportunity to develop his skills, initially working in a customer services role at Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council and moving on to coordinate several different projects during his two and a half years within the Council.

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Age is no barrier to professional development!

22 May 2012 North West

Employees at the University of Salford are facing a potential redundancy situation as a result of an internal restructure. In response to the situation, Unison put forward a bid to unionlearn for NESTA funding, in order to run a learning event, aimed at assisting older workers in particular, during Adult Learners Week (ALW). The event was sanctioned by the employer, who has already signed a learning agreement with Unison and the other campus trade unions.

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Gaynor Purdom - Higher Learning

22 May 2012 Southern and Eastern

Gaynor Purdom was working for the NHS as a team secretary for a Community Mental Health Team in High Wycombe when she began studying with the Open University at the age of 36.

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Joanne Maxwell - Higher Levels Skills project

08 June 2011 Northern

Joanne Maxwell, an Environmental Health Technical Officer at Northumberland County Council embodies the need and demand for the Higher Levels Skills project in the northern region. Like many others, Joanne left school with a few O Levels and went straight into the world of work, believing she wasn't capable of taking on and passing A‐Levels.

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